This tip is really more about communicating in Barcelona. It has two main languages: Catalan & Castillian. There were a couple of restaruants by the beach though, where after communicating with me in the native languages, the waiter broke into English-at just the right time!
Another reason to love Barcelona. Based on this tip, it's gotta be the people-including the most beautiful cabdriver I ever met. I forget her name, as I'm sure she's forgotten all about me, but if you ever get a friendly blonde lady with a dazzling smile while in Barcelona, tell her Steve says hi!
Have a stroll along the street...
Have a stroll along the street LAS RAMBLAS! Here you'll feel the real spirit of Barcelona. On both sides of the street you'll see live figures that are very picturesque. Here there are plenty of museums and theatres. I enjoyed the WAX MUSEUM very much. Don't forgets streets and squares attached to LAS RAMBLAS - enjoy the GOTHYC QUARTER with the Cathedral of Barcelona; in PLACA REIAL you'll see the fountain created by Gaudi - and a lot of other things worth seeing!
Birds for sale
I was surprised to see this sort of trade in a modern city I'm not keen on this sort of trade in animals or birds. There were traders selling ducklings - chickens - hens - pigeons as well as rabbits and other small animals for as little as 3 euros.
The noise from the birds was deafening as they cried out from there little cages
I do hope they don't trade in the summer months when it would be too hot for the poor creatures.
Park Guell - Casa-Museu Gaudi.
The park was originally part of a commercially unsuccessful housing site, the idea of Count Eusebi Guell, whom the park was named after. Ultimately only two houses were built, neither designed by Gaudi. One was intended to be a show house, but on being completed in 1904 was put up for sale. As no buyers came forward, Gaudi, at Guell's suggestion, bought it with his savings and moved in with his family and father in 1906.
So Gaudi lived here untill 1925, one year before his death. The house is named "Torre Rosa". Torre is the Catalan name for a detached house, and Rosa because Gaudi was very devoted of Verge del Roser. The structure of the building is still the same as when Gaudi lived there. It's nice to have the oportunity to see some of Gaudi's personal objects and works like designs, drawings and furniture. We liked it, but were expecting more ... we thought it was too simple. But, of course, it's worth the visit.
Address: Parc Guell - Carretera del Carmel
Directions: Bus 24, 25, 31, or 74. Metro; line 3. Lesseps Station, then follow the street signs. Do keep in mind that it is quite a strenous walk to the main entrance!
Santa Maria del Mar is the...
Santa Maria del Mar is the finest example of Gothic art in Barcelona according to my own point of view. After visiting the Cathedral you can step inside this magnificent church nearby the Picasso Museum on El Born district